VFW members ride along in the Real American Hero Parade in Mexico Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

VFW members ride along in the Real American Hero Parade in Mexico Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

 Bill Weldon's motorcycle vests as seen on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Weldon belongs to several veteran focused motorcycle organizations and serves as a Senior Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard is known for motorcycle escorts for and flag displays at veteran funerals.

Bill Weldon's motorcycle vests as seen on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Weldon belongs to several veteran focused motorcycle organizations and serves as a Senior Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard is known for motorcycle escorts for and flag displays at veteran funerals.

 Patriot Guard Rider and Army veteran, Odin-Dan Levasseur, escorts a veteran funeral near Russellville, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

Patriot Guard Rider and Army veteran, Odin-Dan Levasseur, escorts a veteran funeral near Russellville, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

 The South Clark Street bridge in Mexico, Missouri as seen during a rainstorm on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

The South Clark Street bridge in Mexico, Missouri as seen during a rainstorm on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

 Mexico, Missouri resident, Bryan McCord, poses for a portrait in the town square on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

Mexico, Missouri resident, Bryan McCord, poses for a portrait in the town square on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

 O'Reilly Auto Parts workers grill hotdogs and burgers during a tornado watch in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 25, 2019.

O'Reilly Auto Parts workers grill hotdogs and burgers during a tornado watch in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 25, 2019.

 Downtown Mexico as seen during the Brick City Bad Boyz II Cruise night on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019. The event is a monthly car show in the town square.

Downtown Mexico as seen during the Brick City Bad Boyz II Cruise night on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019. The event is a monthly car show in the town square.

 VFW quartermaster and retired Army Colonel, Erny Allen gives Marine Corp veteran Bill Walden (right) some sass during the Real American Heros Parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

VFW quartermaster and retired Army Colonel, Erny Allen gives Marine Corp veteran Bill Walden (right) some sass during the Real American Heros Parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

 Marine Corp veteran and Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, smokes a cigarette in his home on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Walden served 12 years in the USMC in crash, fire, and rescue and served a tour at Khe Sanh in 1967 before being medically retired due to an accident in 1972.

Marine Corp veteran and Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, smokes a cigarette in his home on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Walden served 12 years in the USMC in crash, fire, and rescue and served a tour at Khe Sanh in 1967 before being medically retired due to an accident in 1972.

 Bill Weldon, a Marine Corp veteran receives an echo cardiogram to check for complications due to his Agent Orange exposure while at Khe Sanh in Vietnam shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1967.

Bill Weldon, a Marine Corp veteran receives an echo cardiogram to check for complications due to his Agent Orange exposure while at Khe Sanh in Vietnam shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1967.

 Patriot Guard Rider, Kay Walden, waits for her husband, Bill, to unload their motorcycle for an early morning ride around Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

Patriot Guard Rider, Kay Walden, waits for her husband, Bill, to unload their motorcycle for an early morning ride around Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

 Patriot Guard Rider and Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, rides his motorcycle near Mexico Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Bill has escorted over 500 veteran funerals during his time with the organization.

Patriot Guard Rider and Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, rides his motorcycle near Mexico Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Bill has escorted over 500 veteran funerals during his time with the organization.

 State Highway A as seen near Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

State Highway A as seen near Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

 Central Missouri Honor Flight Ride Captain, Reed Hickam, gives a safety briefing shortly before the Honor Flight busses pass through Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

Central Missouri Honor Flight Ride Captain, Reed Hickam, gives a safety briefing shortly before the Honor Flight busses pass through Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

 Patriot Guard Riders welcome each other to Honor Flight 58 in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This Honor Flight ride featured 256 motorcycles for the 26 mile escort to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.

Patriot Guard Riders welcome each other to Honor Flight 58 in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This Honor Flight ride featured 256 motorcycles for the 26 mile escort to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.

 The Zumsteg kids pose for a portrait during the Real American Heroes parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 2019.

The Zumsteg kids pose for a portrait during the Real American Heroes parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 2019.

 VFW Post 3772 host their weekly bingo night in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. The even is popular with the community and serves as a fund raiser for the organization.

VFW Post 3772 host their weekly bingo night in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. The even is popular with the community and serves as a fund raiser for the organization.

 US Navy veteran and Vandalia resident, Randy Caldwell, poses for a portrait outside the VFW on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Caldwell has been a lifetime member of the VFW and served as diesel mechanic in Vietnam in 1969.

US Navy veteran and Vandalia resident, Randy Caldwell, poses for a portrait outside the VFW on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Caldwell has been a lifetime member of the VFW and served as diesel mechanic in Vietnam in 1969.

 A decommissioned elevator as seen near Missouri Street in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

A decommissioned elevator as seen near Missouri Street in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

 Honor Flight riders arrive to the staging area in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. 256 motorcycles attended the event.

Honor Flight riders arrive to the staging area in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. 256 motorcycles attended the event.

 Friends and family members of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

Friends and family members of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

 A friend or family member of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. The Patriot Guard Rider's photography policy is that attendees of the visitation could not be identifiable.

A friend or family member of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. The Patriot Guard Rider's photography policy is that attendees of the visitation could not be identifiable.

 The chapel as seen at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

The chapel as seen at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

 Veterans head to the elevator at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. The Missouri Veterans home cares for 150 veterans from all branches of the military.

Veterans head to the elevator at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. The Missouri Veterans home cares for 150 veterans from all branches of the military.

 A portrait of WW1 veteran Marquis L. Dillard hangs at the Graceland Museum in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

A portrait of WW1 veteran Marquis L. Dillard hangs at the Graceland Museum in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

 Patriot Guard Rider, Chris Krause, 32, rides his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 70 from Kingdom City to Columbia, Missouri for the 58th Honor Flight on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This was Krause's first honor flight ride, which featured 256 motorcycles at this event.

Patriot Guard Rider, Chris Krause, 32, rides his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 70 from Kingdom City to Columbia, Missouri for the 58th Honor Flight on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This was Krause's first honor flight ride, which featured 256 motorcycles at this event.

 Friends and family members celebrate as Honor Flight 58 returns with three busloads of World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

Friends and family members celebrate as Honor Flight 58 returns with three busloads of World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

 A veteran returns to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri from his one day trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

A veteran returns to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri from his one day trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

 Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain and USMC Vietnam veteran, Bill Weldon rides his motorcycle near Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Weldon served 12 years in the Marine Corp including 1 tour at Khe Sanh in 1967.

Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain and USMC Vietnam veteran, Bill Weldon rides his motorcycle near Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Weldon served 12 years in the Marine Corp including 1 tour at Khe Sanh in 1967.

 Mexico, Missouri residents Brenda Jennings, left, and Leonard Gant, center, dig a grave for a US Navy veteran on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

Mexico, Missouri residents Brenda Jennings, left, and Leonard Gant, center, dig a grave for a US Navy veteran on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

 VFW 2442 Honor Guards wait before firing their 3 shot salute during a Vietnam veteran's funeral in central Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

VFW 2442 Honor Guards wait before firing their 3 shot salute during a Vietnam veteran's funeral in central Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

 Gravestones as seen at night in Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

Gravestones as seen at night in Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

 Heavy rains pound the now closed AP Greene Refractory complex in Mexico, Missouri on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

Heavy rains pound the now closed AP Greene Refractory complex in Mexico, Missouri on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

 VFW members ride along in the Real American Hero Parade in Mexico Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.
 Bill Weldon's motorcycle vests as seen on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Weldon belongs to several veteran focused motorcycle organizations and serves as a Senior Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard is known for motorcycle escorts for and flag displays at veteran funerals.
 Patriot Guard Rider and Army veteran, Odin-Dan Levasseur, escorts a veteran funeral near Russellville, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.
 The South Clark Street bridge in Mexico, Missouri as seen during a rainstorm on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.
 Mexico, Missouri resident, Bryan McCord, poses for a portrait in the town square on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.
 O'Reilly Auto Parts workers grill hotdogs and burgers during a tornado watch in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 25, 2019.
 Downtown Mexico as seen during the Brick City Bad Boyz II Cruise night on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019. The event is a monthly car show in the town square.
 VFW quartermaster and retired Army Colonel, Erny Allen gives Marine Corp veteran Bill Walden (right) some sass during the Real American Heros Parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.
 Marine Corp veteran and Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, smokes a cigarette in his home on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Walden served 12 years in the USMC in crash, fire, and rescue and served a tour at Khe Sanh in 1967 before being medically retired due to an accident in 1972.
 Bill Weldon, a Marine Corp veteran receives an echo cardiogram to check for complications due to his Agent Orange exposure while at Khe Sanh in Vietnam shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1967.
 Patriot Guard Rider, Kay Walden, waits for her husband, Bill, to unload their motorcycle for an early morning ride around Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.
 Patriot Guard Rider and Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, rides his motorcycle near Mexico Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Bill has escorted over 500 veteran funerals during his time with the organization.
 State Highway A as seen near Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.
 Central Missouri Honor Flight Ride Captain, Reed Hickam, gives a safety briefing shortly before the Honor Flight busses pass through Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.
 Patriot Guard Riders welcome each other to Honor Flight 58 in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This Honor Flight ride featured 256 motorcycles for the 26 mile escort to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.
 The Zumsteg kids pose for a portrait during the Real American Heroes parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 2019.
 VFW Post 3772 host their weekly bingo night in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. The even is popular with the community and serves as a fund raiser for the organization.
 US Navy veteran and Vandalia resident, Randy Caldwell, poses for a portrait outside the VFW on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Caldwell has been a lifetime member of the VFW and served as diesel mechanic in Vietnam in 1969.
 A decommissioned elevator as seen near Missouri Street in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.
 Honor Flight riders arrive to the staging area in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. 256 motorcycles attended the event.
 Friends and family members of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.
 A friend or family member of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. The Patriot Guard Rider's photography policy is that attendees of the visitation could not be identifiable.
 The chapel as seen at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.
 Veterans head to the elevator at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. The Missouri Veterans home cares for 150 veterans from all branches of the military.
 A portrait of WW1 veteran Marquis L. Dillard hangs at the Graceland Museum in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.
 Patriot Guard Rider, Chris Krause, 32, rides his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 70 from Kingdom City to Columbia, Missouri for the 58th Honor Flight on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This was Krause's first honor flight ride, which featured 256 motorcycles at this event.
 Friends and family members celebrate as Honor Flight 58 returns with three busloads of World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.
 A veteran returns to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri from his one day trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.
 Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain and USMC Vietnam veteran, Bill Weldon rides his motorcycle near Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Weldon served 12 years in the Marine Corp including 1 tour at Khe Sanh in 1967.
 Mexico, Missouri residents Brenda Jennings, left, and Leonard Gant, center, dig a grave for a US Navy veteran on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.
 VFW 2442 Honor Guards wait before firing their 3 shot salute during a Vietnam veteran's funeral in central Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.
 Gravestones as seen at night in Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.
 Heavy rains pound the now closed AP Greene Refractory complex in Mexico, Missouri on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

VFW members ride along in the Real American Hero Parade in Mexico Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

Bill Weldon's motorcycle vests as seen on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Weldon belongs to several veteran focused motorcycle organizations and serves as a Senior Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard is known for motorcycle escorts for and flag displays at veteran funerals.

Patriot Guard Rider and Army veteran, Odin-Dan Levasseur, escorts a veteran funeral near Russellville, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

The South Clark Street bridge in Mexico, Missouri as seen during a rainstorm on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

Mexico, Missouri resident, Bryan McCord, poses for a portrait in the town square on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

O'Reilly Auto Parts workers grill hotdogs and burgers during a tornado watch in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 25, 2019.

Downtown Mexico as seen during the Brick City Bad Boyz II Cruise night on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019. The event is a monthly car show in the town square.

VFW quartermaster and retired Army Colonel, Erny Allen gives Marine Corp veteran Bill Walden (right) some sass during the Real American Heros Parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

Marine Corp veteran and Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, smokes a cigarette in his home on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Walden served 12 years in the USMC in crash, fire, and rescue and served a tour at Khe Sanh in 1967 before being medically retired due to an accident in 1972.

Bill Weldon, a Marine Corp veteran receives an echo cardiogram to check for complications due to his Agent Orange exposure while at Khe Sanh in Vietnam shortly before the Tet Offensive in 1967.

Patriot Guard Rider, Kay Walden, waits for her husband, Bill, to unload their motorcycle for an early morning ride around Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

Patriot Guard Rider and Senior Ride Captain, Bill Walden, rides his motorcycle near Mexico Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Bill has escorted over 500 veteran funerals during his time with the organization.

State Highway A as seen near Mexico, Missouri on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2019.

Central Missouri Honor Flight Ride Captain, Reed Hickam, gives a safety briefing shortly before the Honor Flight busses pass through Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

Patriot Guard Riders welcome each other to Honor Flight 58 in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This Honor Flight ride featured 256 motorcycles for the 26 mile escort to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri.

The Zumsteg kids pose for a portrait during the Real American Heroes parade in Mexico, Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 2019.

VFW Post 3772 host their weekly bingo night in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. The even is popular with the community and serves as a fund raiser for the organization.

US Navy veteran and Vandalia resident, Randy Caldwell, poses for a portrait outside the VFW on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019. Caldwell has been a lifetime member of the VFW and served as diesel mechanic in Vietnam in 1969.

A decommissioned elevator as seen near Missouri Street in Mexico, Missouri, on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

Honor Flight riders arrive to the staging area in Kingdom City, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. 256 motorcycles attended the event.

Friends and family members of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

A friend or family member of a deceased Vietnam veteran attend a visitation in central Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. The Patriot Guard Rider's photography policy is that attendees of the visitation could not be identifiable.

The chapel as seen at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019.

Veterans head to the elevator at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. The Missouri Veterans home cares for 150 veterans from all branches of the military.

A portrait of WW1 veteran Marquis L. Dillard hangs at the Graceland Museum in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

Patriot Guard Rider, Chris Krause, 32, rides his Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 70 from Kingdom City to Columbia, Missouri for the 58th Honor Flight on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019. This was Krause's first honor flight ride, which featured 256 motorcycles at this event.

Friends and family members celebrate as Honor Flight 58 returns with three busloads of World War 2, Korea, and Vietnam veterans to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

A veteran returns to the Marriott Hotel in Columbia, Missouri from his one day trip to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019.

Patriot Guard Senior Ride Captain and USMC Vietnam veteran, Bill Weldon rides his motorcycle near Mexico, Missouri on Friday, Jun. 21, 2019. Weldon served 12 years in the Marine Corp including 1 tour at Khe Sanh in 1967.

Mexico, Missouri residents Brenda Jennings, left, and Leonard Gant, center, dig a grave for a US Navy veteran on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

VFW 2442 Honor Guards wait before firing their 3 shot salute during a Vietnam veteran's funeral in central Missouri on Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2019.

Gravestones as seen at night in Elmwood Cemetery in Mexico, Missouri on Thursday, Jun. 20, 2019.

Heavy rains pound the now closed AP Greene Refractory complex in Mexico, Missouri on Sunday, Jun. 16, 2019.

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